Cancer Cases In Children increase By 40%

Experts say the number of  youngsters diagnosed with cancer has rocketed because of pollution, pesticides and poor diets.Fast food diets and lack of exercise could be responsible for a rise in cancer cases in young adults, scientists have warned.
New analysis of official statistics by Children with Cancer UK shows how diagnosis has increased by 40% in the last 16 years, with 1,300 more cases of young people getting cancer each year.The stark rise is most evident in colon cancer which is up by 200% and thyroid cancer which has more than doubled.
Alasdair Philips, science adviser at Children with Cancer UK, says there seems to be "a correlation between the lifestyle of young people" and a significant increase in the number of teenagers being diagnosed.
"They tend to be doing a lot less exercise and there's also a lot of fast food being eaten, which is fine in moderation, but we know they do contain cancer giving substances," he said."So if you eat well-cooked meat and burgers and it goes into your colon and hangs around because you're not doing much exercise, it's more likely to cause damage. I think that's part of the issue."
"One of the rises that has taken us a bit by surprise is this rise in colon cancer which wasn't a young person’s cancer.
"Only last week the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, said they'd found a relationship between obesity and too much sugar - and colon and thyroid cancer."
Children with Cancer UK says "more money and more research" is needed to examine the causes.Around 4,000 children and young people develop cancer each year in the UK and it is the leading cause of death in children aged one to 14.
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